- Jonathan Taylor (+700) is favored to win the 2022 NFL Offensive Player of the Year award
- Justin Jefferson (+900) has far shorter odds than his former LSU teammate Ja’Marr Chase (+2500)
- Christian McCaffrey (+1400) could contend for the honor if he stays healthy for 17 games
Cooper Kupp captured the 2021 NFL Offensive Player of the Year award after putting together one of the greatest seasons in wide receiver history with 145 catches for 1,947 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Kupp’s victory marked the third-consecutive season the honor went to a skill-position player. A necessary evolution for the OPOY given that NFL MVP betting odds are dominated by quarterbacks. Before we examine the list of favorites for the award this season, here’s where you can find the top betting sites for NFL football in 2022. There are plenty of 2022 NFL Prop Bets Odds here.
Offensive Player of the Year
Jonathan Taylor favored for OPOY
Jonathan Taylor (+700) finished runner-up in Offensive Player of the Year voting in 2021 after pacing the NFL in rushing yards (1,811), rushing touchdowns (18), and scrimmage yards (2,171). With Matt Ryan now in the fold, Colts head coach Frank Reich has said he’s hoping to pass the ball more this season. But that’s really the only argument against the 23-year-old future Hall of Famer.
Cooper Kupp (+1400) isn’t even the top pass catcher on the board after becoming just the fourth player since the 1970 merger to earn the receiving “triple crown.” The No. 1 spot belongs to Justin Jefferson (+900), who many expect to improve on his already ridiculous sophomore campaign (1,616 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns) under new head coach Kevin O’Connell.
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Notable QBs on the list
The top QBs on the board are Lamar Jackson (+1400), Josh Allen (+1600), Justin Herbert (+2500), Patrick Mahomes (+2500), Aaron Rodgers (+2500), Joe Burrow (+2800), and seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady (+2800).
Of the 49 OPOY winners in history, 28 were named NFL MVP in the same season. Given that quarterbacks have claimed nine MVPs in a row, it’s only fair that the Offensive Player of the Year award goes to a skill position player. However, a QB could still take home the hardware if one has a truly transcendent season — like Mahomes in 2018 — or perhaps if two signal callers are MVP worthy and split the vote.
Best OPOY values and longshots
Christian McCaffrey (+1600) has become the popular No. 1 overall pick among fantasy football pundits everywhere. Which would suggest the injury-prone RB is a value at +1600. In his last healthy campaign in 2019, CMC became just the third player in NFL history with at least 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in the same season, joining Roger Craig and Marshall Faulk.
Ja’Marr Chase (+2500) became the first wide receiver to take the OROY since 2014 after catching 81 balls for 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns. The existence of Tee Higgins means the 22-year-old Bengal will face more target competition than his LSU teammate Jefferson in Minnesota. But don’t forget he also has Joe Burrow throwing him the ball instead of Kirk Cousins.
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Javonte Williams (+5000) enjoyed a nice rookie season, amassing 1219 total yards and seven scores while locked in a timeshare with Melvin Gordon. The Broncos back recorded the highest broken tackle rate in the history of the PFF metric, shedding 76 tackles on 157 carries. So, if Williams can seize the No. 1 role in Russell Wilson’s offense, a historic campaign is at least possible.
Best Bet: Ja’Marr Chase (+2500)
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